Henry Lansbury seems to be the next name who will leave Arsenal this season. Nottingham Forest have reportedly struck a deal of £1 million with the Gunners. Lansbury name will be added to the long list of young Gunners who have been reserve team/youth squad this season; The likes of Gavin Hoyte, Rhys Murphy and Kyle Bartley, Ben Glasgow and Sean McDormett.
Henry Lansbury has impressed in his loan spells at Watford, Norwich and West Ham (last season). Despite being earmarked as someone who would eventually make the transition to the first team, it looks like Arsenal have decided to pull the plug. Arsenal already have a number of players in the midfield, which will only increase as Wilshere, Rosicky and Frimpong makes their comeback from injury. On top of that, Arsenal Wenger is also expected to sign at least another midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window. So in all likelihood, Lansbury would have never got a chance to prove his worth. It seems that both the player and the club has decided that it would be good for both parties to part ways now as this would also allow Lansbury to develop his game and get more playing time.
Another factor is that Lansbury would soon celebrate his 22nd birthday, and that would make him ineligible for the under-21 ‘home grown’ quota. Arsenal would have had to register him in the squad after he turned 22. This virtually means, most of the players in the reserve teams who haven’t already made it to the first team squad of 25 and are on the verge of turning 22, will be forced to leave the squad.
For Forest meanwhile, Lansbury will be their ninth signing this summer. This after the club was taken over by Kuwaiti millionaires the Al-Hasawi family. We certainly hope that, Lansbury fulfills his promise at Forest.